Brics conference aims to advance science innovation

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Science and Technology Ministers from countries in the Brics say the main focus for a two-day Science and Technology conference held in Durban was to identify social problems and find solutions to common challenges.

The conference kicked off on Monday.

They say the forum gave them a platform to exchange perspectives and ideas to generate science solutions.

The ministers have come to a resolution to establish a science innovation hub between countries in the Brics grouping.

Science and Technology Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane says South Africa with other Brics countries are already working on various development strategies to advance science innovation.

“There is quite a number of things that are happening – either in South Africa and in particular countries within the Brics countries – in establishing corporation. We are learning from the work that we are doing as SADC – because we have been able to do quite tangible work since we have seconded somebody from South Africa to SADC to look specifically on Science and Technology.”

“Out of that we are learning that we can do more, co-ordinate the work and implement,” she adds.